Natural cat care begins with their food; cats are obligatory carnivores! Feeding your kitten or cat a raw meat, organ meat and bone diet with super greens is as close to nature as you can get. This is also a superior natural cat allergy remedy! Feeding your cat a raw food diet changes the dander (protein) which people are reactive to.
Seymour, our new kitten was born on a farm in the West Kootenays to a feral cat. His mother was young and did not know how to take care of her kittens, so out of the four she birthed, only Seymour lived. The barn he came from had too many feral cats and kittens, so eating was a challenge and it was having a profound effect on his chances for living.
Seymour was saved on a late September day in 2013, when Skip happened to be in the barn when the farmer was distributing chicken gizzards. The cats and kittens ran for this free meal and Seymour began to run as well, then stopped. It was obvious he was outnumbered. Skip happened to be standing where Seymour stopped; he looked down and without a thought picked him up, held the kitten out until the hissing and spitting subsided, and then tucked this baby into his coat next to his heart. Skip looked at the farmer and asked "may I take this kitten home?" Seymour was around 9 weeks old, but looked like he was five weeks.
Seymour has never had food out of a bag or can. Wild or feral cats depend on what they can catch: mice, birds, insects, squirrels, wild rabbits, etc. When he came home we continued to provide natural cat care beginning with his diet of warm goat milk, raw meat, organ meat, bone soup and super greens. He was in heaven! Seymour is now 6 months old, and is one of the most friendly trusting cats I have ever had. He has no fear of humans, vacuum cleaners or loud noises. It is surprising, but when I think of it, he was saved by a human right when he was most likely not going to survive much longer, let a lone the make it through the winter.
Seymour seems more like a dog than a cat; he sleeps with me or Emily (our greyhound), carries dog bones in from outside and demands one when I am giving them to the dogs.
Alvin and Matilda, who came to us as kittens, were raised with natural cat care. Alvin had a rough start and you can see his story here. He is in good health, but does have an eating disorder and some emotional issues. Alvin is 11 years old and has only been sick once with a upper respiratory infection when he was 6 months old. We used Echinecea Angustifolia/Purpurea and Golden seal root tincture to assist his immune system and deal with the virus, and it took two weeks for him to get better. He has not been vaccinated and is an indoor/outdoor cat, mostly indoors now. He is very loving and affectionate and allows Seymour to play with him, which is fun to watch.
Matilda came to me during a time when I was under a lot of stress, from running the herbals dispensary and clinic at Simple Remedies in Victoria and our cat Kimba, of 17 years, got cancer and died.
a blue eyed Siamese cross, came into our lives in 1991 while we were passing
through Mt. Shasta California. She was a rescue from the SPCA and had a
very rough start. Kimba spent over two months in a cage with her two
other siblings and when we met her she was 3 months old. Because of her
time at the SPCA, and our lack of knowledge regarding a raw food diet,
she had a compromised immune system; she battled with fleas and
parasites, which [at that time] meant veterinarian visits and flea and parasite
medication. Her health and condition were not improving; then, in 1994 while
studying whole food nutrition, I had a thought! Why can't I feed Kimba
real food which would support her immune system? Off I went to the
health food store to seek out any information or books I could find on
natural cat care. In 1994, we put Kimba and our cat Doodles on a partial
raw food diet along with high quality kibble. (at that time I still
believed kibble was what cleaned their teeth). In 2001, after we moved to
Canada, Doodles became really sick and died of mouth cancer. This is
when I asked my instructor if I could write my final research
paper on Enzymes and the Immune System for Animal Friends. I placed Kimba and Quinoa on a real food diet from then on forward.
Having a loved one die is heartbreaking, and for me Kimba's death was eye- opener, teaching me to pay attention to the signs and symptoms at the onset of ill health is very important. Waiting can result in an early death for your animal friend. During this time, I was also battling with Quinoa's distress from being over-vaccinated; as a result, I misread Kimba's signs and was not listening.
Niles, our small poodle cross, once bit Kimba on the back of the
neck (the same place she received many vaccinations) and we thought it was a cyst. Kimba tried to let us know she was not well; she would pee on Quinoa's bed, over and over again. We tried many natural remedies externally and internally for a cyst; but nothing was working so we took her to the veterinarian. He didn't know what
it was, but knew it wasn't a cyst; he put her on antibiotics and sent us all home. By the time we knew it was a tumor, it had runners - it was
too late. A second veterinarian confirmed the dignoisis. Their solution
was to operate as well as clean her teeth since she was already under
anaesthetic. If we had okayed the surgery and paid them the $4,000 they estimated it would cost, she would have died on the table. We opted to take her home and let her die in peace. A colleague of mine told me of homeopathic
remedy which was used on her dog who was dying. She explained that "it would assist Kimba into letting go so she could pass over with ease".
When Kimba's body could no longer sustain her spirit, I gave her the remedy
and she left quietly and peacefully from her bed at home. This was life transforming for me!
One month after her passing, Kimba came to me in a dream and showed me a kitten sitting in a basket. She came to me
again the following morning in a dream, again showing me the same kitten.
In both dreams, I could see Kimba's tumor. I thought " Kimba wants me to find this kitten, but how?". I asked
at Buddies Natural Pet Food on Vancouver Island, where I purchased raw meat, if they knew of any farms that had unvaccinated kittens. They recommended that I check the local
feral rescue. My first thought was that all rescue facilities vaccinate their kittens, so I was reluctant, but called anyway. After explaining my background and
situation I was able to adopt one of the only 3 kittens she there, and I was promised the kitten would not be vaccinated, allowing me to bring her up with natural cat care.
I went to see the kittens and the first one kitten to catch my eye was blue-eyed and looked just like Kimba, but next to this one was the kitten Kimba showed me in the dream! I chose that one because I felt Kimba showed me both here tumor and the kitten, to make sure I would listen this time. Matilda filled my heart with so much love, allowing me to forgive myself for not listening to Kimba, who no matter what loved me unconditionally and gifted me Matilda. Matilda is now five, a very healthy strong cat who loves the outdoors and spends as much time as she can outside. She seems to know about the coyotes and stays close to the house or barn. She loves her life in the mountains!
When Alvin, Matilda and Seymour were kept indoors as kittens we used rabbit pellets as cat litter. Most cat litters found in stores are toxic and create dust that can cause respiratory distress.
Rabbit pellets, which are usually pressed alfalfa makes a great natural cat litter; they're non-toxic, smell nice and don't not leave a mess. You can also used pressed horse bedding pellets.
are an issue for indoor cats. Indoor/outdoor, or outdoor cats forage on
herbs or grasses which expel hairballs. The best way to provide your
cats with a natural hairball remedy is to feed them super greens, or
provide them with a flat of grass.
I also find it really important to add Vitamin D3 to your indoor raw cat food. Cats love and need the sun, and if they cannot get direct sunlight it can affect their immune system and overall health.